Golmaal at the fork of Alang, annual weight is 30 lakh tonnes

Gandhinagar, 14 October 2023
10 thousand tonnes of iron ore has been coming out from Alang every day. There are 127 truck weight forks to measure. In which light weight cattle worth Rs 1,000 to Rs 4,000 are transported in a truck. Every year 30 lakh tonnes of scrap is loaded in trucks and taken out. Here, fraud worth crores of rupees is being committed annually by ship breaking contractors. This has been going on for 20 years.

Despite repeated complaints by truck drivers, no permanent solution is being found. Now the shipwreck industry in Amey Alang has been ruined. Like China, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Indian gangs are also responsible for fraud worth crores of rupees.

The 127 way bridge of Alang-Sosia was inspected by the Additional District Magistrate of Bhavnagar. It has 101 way-bridges of shipbreakers. 26 weighbridges are public road-bridges. In many of these, such complaints have been happening repeatedly. If any irregularity was found at any point during the weighing test, all the goods were confiscated. Alang Truck Transportation said that if the weight of the driver and truck owner is 40 to 60 kg, Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 is deducted.

Alang Sosia Truck Transport Association at Alang Ship Breaking Yard in Talaja, Bhavnagar complained about irregularities in weighing at the weighbridge. Due to which Toll Map officials along with Alang Sosia Truck Transport Association took legal action. Corruption worth crores of rupees has been done. Therefore, the officer took sudden action while presenting the weight to the officer of Alang Socio Truck & Transport.

Alang Sosia Truck Transport Association has warned to stop truck loading due to weight difference in truck loading of goods from Alang and Sosia shipbreaking yard plots.

weigh twice
It is mandatory for shipbreakers to weigh the goods loaded into trucks twice. It was decided to accept the heavier of the two thorns. Weight difference creates many problems. Shipbreakers were informed but no decision was taken to stop loading.

breakup since 20 years
Over the past 20 years, the weights have been adjusted. The Truck Transport Association had to complain to the Secretary of the Weights and Measures Department till Gandhinagar.
40 to 80 kg of cargo was stolen by shipbreakers 10 years ago. The District Supply Officer was ordered to check all the weighbridges in Alang. Electronic hooks were earlier also accused of increasing weight. In case of difference in weight or less weight, Rs 1,000 to Rs 4,000 are deducted from the truck fare at the time of delivery.

Fraud of 20 to 80 kg
The goods are loaded from the shipbreaking plot, after the fork, it is also weighed on other forks outside. In a truck, there is a weight difference of 20 to 80 kg between the two forks. Ship breakers bill according to bulk weight.

As it is known, truck-transporters have been facing such problem for the last 20 years. There are also occasional conflicts between truck owners and ship breakers. But its permanent solution is not being found till date.

Alang employs more than 60,000 people. There is a ship breaking industry on the 11 kilometer long coastline.

In 2014, there were 100 sheep yards thriving in Alang, now there are about 50 sheep yards. The ship’s coasters have collapsed in 9 years. Ton of steel purchased for Rs. There was a profit of Rs 25 thousand. Now this difference has reduced.

recession due to china
China is selling steel at cheap prices in the international market. Because of this there is no demand for Alang’s recycled steel. Because of this, more than half of the scrap yards started in Alang in the last two years have been closed. Alang Shipyard had 70 percent direct ship breaking business in the Arabian Sea region, which has now ended. China sold 937 million tonnes of steel in the last one year. There were 275 shipwrecks in Alang. Now it comes less.

major shortage in the ship
There were 357 shipwrecks in Alang in 2010–11 while 348 shipwrecks occurred in 2009–10. 415 ships were destroyed in 2011–12. Asia’s largest ship breaking yard at Alang in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district is at its lowest turnover in more than a decade, at 152 in 2021-22, 139 in 2020-21, 141 in 2019-20, 2018-19 170 in 2017-18.166 ships in the last six years, while 195 in 2016-17.

In 2020, Alang Ship Breaking Yard recycled 196 ships. A big shortage is visible in 2023 also.

However, the tonnage in Alang’s 173 slots declined from 29.6 lakh tonnes to 28 lakh tonnes in 2009–10. The decline in tonnage was due to the smaller size of the ships despite more ships being broken up. According to estimates by the Ship Recyclers Industries Association (RASH), the total scrap tonnage increased to 3 million tonnes.

Around 25 to 30 lakh tonnes of steel was used for recycling in Alang every year. Apart from Bhavnagar, it was sent to Maharashtra and Punjab.

800 shops
Luxury items like TV, fridge, crockery, carpets and furniture come in a big way. More than 800 shops outside the yard are involved in this type of trade.

Since 1912, this industry was in Calcutta and Mumbai. Oil productivity increased in the countries of the Middle East after World War II, fueling the industry with the huge tankers used to transport them. Sheep plucking in western countries in the 1970s

The sugar industry witnessed a boom. The first global economic recession in the 1980s also led to a boom in the industry. As a result of the rapid development of western countries, this industry shifted towards Asian countries. The growth of sheep breaking industry in India forced the selection of a place where there were all the facilities for sheep breaking and then Alang was chosen. Later the sheep plucking industry developed in a new avatar in Alang, Gujarat. The first ship in Alang, MV Kota Tenjong, arrived ashore on 13 February 1983.

Alang Ship Breaking Yard is claimed to be the largest ship breaking yard in the world, receiving a large number of retired freight and cargo ships from all over the world.

Since its establishment in 1983, the shipyard’s total assets are estimated at US$110.6 billion. There was a separate facility of 183 ship breaking yards on a 14 kilometers (8.7 mi) stretch of coast with a total capacity of 4.5 million light displacement tonnage (LDT).
The Japanese International Cooperation Agency has taken a soft loan of $76 million for improvements and the Gujarat Maritime Board has taken a loan of $35 million.